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Joseph A. Matera, Md. Legal Aid director
Joseph A. Matera, Md. Legal Aid director

Joseph Anthony Matera, an attorney who expanded Maryland Legal Aid when he headed the agency, died of an infection Saturday at Pacifica Senior Living Skilled Nursing Facility in Oakland, Calif. The former Hunting Ridge resident was 83. Born in White Plains, N.Y., he was the son of Annibale Matera, who ran a junkyard, and Lucia Matera. As a young man, he assisted his father in his work. Mr. Matera met his future wife, Elizabeth "Betty" Anne Williams, a Baltimore-born University of Maryland student nurse, while he was a Johns Hopkins University student. They introduced themselves at a lecture and dance at the Newman Club, a Roman Catholic organization on North Charles Street near...